Mission:  to ensure the prosperity of Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin youth by increasing youth “connectedness,” enhancing school-community youth engagement strategies, and improving youth education and employment prospects

WHAT IS THE YOUTH CAREER CONNECTIONS COUNCIL?

The Youth Career Connections Council of the MassHire Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board (originally formed in 2000) holds four regular meetings and one summer youth event per year.  The purpose of this council is to act as a hub for individuals and agencies who serve youth.  We review area youth needs in career development and training, and engage community partners to support youth career exploration, job readiness, and planning. 

The Council is comprised of Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board representatives and staff, Career Center staff, representatives from adult, secondary, and higher education, and multiple youth and community serving organizations.  It is an excellent opportunity for area youth supporters to network with both private sector and community-based organizations who are eager to support students in our schools and community. 

            The FHWB’s Strategic Plan Youth Goal is to “engage a variety of partners in helping youth in transition develop a focus, gain skills, and achieve goals.”  We seek to provide a diverse mix of career development activities that afford out-of-school and in-school youth the opportunity to move from awareness, to exploration, to immersion; ensure every youth completing a program has a next step plan and back-up plan; and increase the level of awareness and utilization of Youth Service Council education/employment resources in area high schools

Additionally, the Council serves as the recommending body to the Franklin Hampshire Workforce Board for youth workforce funding in our region.  We review and recommend the provider/ providers to implement WIOA Youth programming, for example, and assess progress in meeting goals and measures set forth by state and federal guidelines.  

Schedule of Meetings 2019-2020

YouthSpeak: Wednesday,  August 7th from 2:00PM to 4:00PM at JWO Transit Center, Greenfield, MA

Meeting: Wednesday, September 18th from 2:00PM to 4:00PM CANCELLED

Meeting: Wednesday, November 13 from 3:00PM to 5:00PM in Hampshire County, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, Conference Room D

Meeting: Wednesday, January 15th from 3:00PM to 5:00PM in Franklin County, site TBD

Meeting: Wednesday, March 18th from 3:00PM to 5:00PM in Hampshire County, site TBD

Meeting: Wednesday, May 20th from 3:00PM to 5:00PM in Hampshire County, site TBD

For more information or to attend a meeting, please contact the School to Career/Connecting Activities coordinator at schooltocareer@masshirefhwb.org.